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Month: December 2009

Happy Holidays from Barrie Summy, Tish Cohen, and Therese Walsh

Happy Holidays from Barrie Summy, Tish Cohen, and Therese Walsh

The greetings continue with another recipe and favorite movies, music…even books! *********** Barrie’s Butter Tarts Growing up, we spent most weekends from May to October and a month in the summer at our cottage. Besides the regular activities like water skiing, swimming, board games and reading in the sun, my family loved a trip to Don’s Bakery in Bala, Ontario for delicious, mouth-watering butter tarts. Now, I live in San Diego, a land bereft of butter tarts, and I’ve been…

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Happy Holidays from Alicia Bessette, Wendy Nelson Tokunaga, and Kristy Kiernan

Happy Holidays from Alicia Bessette, Wendy Nelson Tokunaga, and Kristy Kiernan

‘Tis time for tradition and today two authors reflect on their favorite holiday movies, while another asks Santa to grant her wish. *********** Alicia Believes It’s a Wonderful Life My favorite holiday tradition and favorite holiday movie are one and the same: “It’s a Wonderful Life,” starring James Stewart and Donna Reed. As with many Frank Capra films, “It’s a Wonderful Life” strongly resonates with me. I love the idea of a community coming together in support of a good…

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Happy Holidays from Lauren Baratz-Logsted and Randy Susan Meyers

Happy Holidays from Lauren Baratz-Logsted and Randy Susan Meyers

‘Tis the time to believe and today’s authors celebrate holiday joy with a movie and a brisket recipe. ********** Lauren and the Grinch Christmas isn’t my holiday, religion-wise, but I love “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Every time that grinchy heart grows and the Whos start singing, I tear up. So I’ve been tearing up at least once a year for decades. Even before I got married, I told my mom we needed to do something one last time together….

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Happy Holidays from Ivy Pochoda and Carleen Brice

Happy Holidays from Ivy Pochoda and Carleen Brice

Welcome! ‘Tis the season to celebrate and, for their greetings, two authors offer their favorite holiday recipe and songs. ******** Ivy’s Spice Cookies I lived in Amsterdam for seven years. The Dutch have a separate Christmas tradition called Sinterklaas that takes place on the 5th of December. For the weeks before Sinterklass and Christmas the entire country seems to smell of these old fashioned spice cookies. They are best made with an old , wooden cookie cutter. Ingredients: 1 3/4…

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An Invitation for You

An Invitation for You

Open here RSVP: Not necessary, in fact bring along a friend or two! ***** Announcement: The winners of Barrie Summy’s I So Don’t Do Spooky are: Alicia and Randy. Congratulations! Please contact me with your mailing address as soon as possible.

The Revealing of Eileen Cook

The Revealing of Eileen Cook

To know Eileen Cook — even if it’s limited to virtual reality — is to know a witty, wise, and most thoughtful author/friend. As one of the Founder Debutantes in that first Class of 2007 Ball, she debuted with the romantic comedy novel, Unpredictable, in a voice and style that could make anyone smile. Since Eileen understood that Young Adults need to smile through the challenges of adolescence, her second book, What Would Emma Do? became her YA debut and…

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News from Our Debut Authors

News from Our Debut Authors

The busyness of the publishing world might slow down a bit this month, yet it does not come to a halt. In fact four of our debut authors offer the following news: ~ Joëlle Anthony who will debut with her YA novel, Restoring Harmony, on May 13, 2010, announces the sale of her second YA book, THE RIGHT AND THE REAL. ~ Alicia Bessette’s debut novel — coming August 2010 — has a new title: Simply from Scratch. ~ Melanie…

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Barrie Summy’s I So Don’t Do Spooky

Barrie Summy’s I So Don’t Do Spooky

According to the Random House Author Spotlight on Barrie Summy, she and her two younger sisters grew up following their parents’ rules. And the author admits: “One of the toughest and meanest rules was about books. The mother and father divided books into two groups: meat-and-potato books and dessert books. The rule went like this: You could read as many meat-and-potato books in a row as you wanted, but you had to read at least one meat-and-potato book to get…

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The Muse in the Mirror

The Muse in the Mirror

Throughout the fall The Divining Wand has asked its authors: What does your Muse look like? Or what does s/he sound like? Or what does s/he feel like? Muse(less)? What inspires you to write? While all the responses have been fascinating and varied, it’s now time to put the Muse to rest with these final thoughts. Melanie Benjamin (Alice I Have Been coming January 12, 2010): “Well, my muse for Alice I Have Been was the photograph of Alice Liddell…

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What Our Authors Read Once and Again

What Our Authors Read Once and Again

When choosing books as great holiday gifts, or even for yourself, more than likely the tendency is to select a new title. Yet what about considering the classics, the keepers — the ones our authors return to again and again. Melanie Benjamin (Alice I Have Been coming January 12, 2010): “I really do reread my books all the time. I only toss out books that I know I’ll never read again, and that happens rarely. I’d have to say the…

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